The Logical Form of Descriptions

Dialogue 31 (04):677- (1992)
This critical notice of Stephen Neale's "Descriptions", (MIT Press, 1990) summarizes the content of the book and presents several objections to its arguments, as well as praising Neale for showing just how close the linguistic notion of L F is to the analytic philosopher's notion of "logical form". It is claimed that Neale's use of generalized quantifiers to represent definite descriptions from Russell's account by which descriptions are "incomplete symbols". I also argue that his assessment of the Quine/Smullyan exchange about "Necessarily the number of the planets is greater than seven" is incorrect
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DOI 10.1017/S0012217300016188
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